Holiday accommodation can come in all shapes and sizes, and everyone has their own taste in what they are looking for. From quaint little holiday cottages to luxury beach villas, we’ve brought together some of our favourite and quirky bolt holes below…
Bed and Breakfasts
For the hard core tourist, B&Bs represent the ultimate in hospitality. The hard core tourist craves a local experience, complete with local food, intimate interaction with locals, and a somewhat spontaneous itinerary. If that sounds like you, then you can plan your holiday around one of the world’s millions of B&Bs in literally every country you can imagine.
Accommodation varies from converted farmhouses in Britain to local inns in Spain. You get to talk to the local inn keeper, enjoy sumptuous breakfasts, and ask for insider tips on attractions around. More than that, you have the opportunity to make life-long friends which honestly is priceless.
The beauty of B&Bs extends beyond local interaction though. Depending on which part of the world, they are easy to find and affordable too. If you find an area which is rich in bed and breakfast culture then you have to take advantage. Cornwall in England certainly falls into that category, where bed and breakfasts in Newquay and the surrounding area are easy to find and fantastic places to stay.
Riads in Morocco
The romantic story of Morocco would be incomplete without a taste of exclusive riad hospitality. Moroccan riads are a product of decades of culture and architecture, tastefully combining religious and luxury needs into buildings.
A riad typically focuses inwards, featuring an indoor garden with a beautiful water feature at its core. This creates beauty and privacy, while providing cool air for the rest of the house. If you have been to the city of Marrakech, you would appreciate this clever construction.
A riad is perfect for a quiet and luxurious retreat. Use these stylish accommodation facilities to unwind as you explore the Moroccan area. The riads are scattered all across the country, and vary in style and price too. They feature a tasteful collection of old Arabic furniture, beautiful interior garden, with some very modern conveniences all the same.
Overwater bungalows are arguably the world’s most exclusive hospitality accommodation for beach holidays. There are only about 125 hotels around the world offering this exciting accommodation.
As quite a few of you know, the island nation of Maldives is home to a record two-thirds of these bungalows. They are scattered across its 99 resort islands. The Bora Bora islands also have quite a few of them. You can also find a few in Tahiti, Philippines, Moorea and other parts of the Caribbean. Arguably, the Bora Bora has the finest in overwater bungalow accommodation.
If you want to enjoy the night living over the open sea, then you may have to pay upwards of $300 per night for that pleasure. For even more premium accommodation, it is not difficult to fork out up to $1000 per night.
However, it is truly worth every penny. If you get a good bungalow, you can see the sunset or sunrise, as well as taking dips in clear water all through the day. What’s more, if your bungalow is on the coral reef, you can enjoy sighting colorful fish and sea creatures from the comfort of your house. Best for a romantic or honeymooning couple.
Luxury Ski Chalets
If you can afford to enjoy luxury accommodation on your ski trip, then you must get yourself booked into a chalet. The Alps region has perfected the art of luxury chalet accommodation, whichever of the countries in that area you visit.
Whether it is France, Switzerland, or even Austria, these luxury accommodation facilities will literally leave you on cloud nine. They typically feature spacious bedrooms, modern bath facilities, beautiful views all set in traditional European chalet style architecture.
They are perfect for family retreats, or travelling with a group of friends. Rent out one chalet and experience the intimacy of warm living rooms, snug bedrooms, as well as entertainment facilities for the children. You even have the option of getting a chef and caretaker for the house to allow you to concentrate on having a great time.
This is a guest post from Tom at Top Backpacking Destinations – he usually has to make do with hostel accommodation…